The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 22 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are NOT representative of contractor rates within the Microsoft Corporation.

Location
3 months to
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 5 6 7
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 1502 1184 985
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 15.19% 13.80% 11.80%
As % of the Vendors category 31.08% 29.76% 23.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 759 599 442
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £169 £167 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £489 £475 £464
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £314 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.28% -3.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 154 126 147
Average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -22.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.20 £9.05 £9.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £27.50 £38.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.60 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+10.29% -17.57%
Microsoft
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the South East region.

Vendors Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
4833 3979 4117
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 48.88% 46.39% 49.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 2544 2038 1905
Average daily rate £370 £363 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.06% -0.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 261 219 352
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -15.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.00 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.35 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -10.52%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region.

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in the South East

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region over the 3 months to 22 December 2014.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the South East region over the 3 months to 22 December 2014.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the South East region over the 3 months to 22 December 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Hampshire +3 396 £323 -0.76% 121
Berkshire +3 328 £375 -8.25% 107
Surrey +3 234 £375 +7.14% 63
Buckinghamshire +1 212 £344 +14.58% 56
West Sussex +3 94 £375 -1.31% 18
Oxfordshire -2 87 £350 +27.27% 39
Kent +4 43 £323 +8.40% 24
East Sussex -4 36 £263 -12.50% 12
Middlesex +1 19 £303 -30.74% 5
Isle of Wight - 6 £345 - 1
Sussex 0 3 £413 -2.94%
Home Counties -2 1 £250 -
M4 Corridor - 1 £350 -
Thames Valley - - - -
Microsoft
England

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South East region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft.

1 1184 (42.15%) Windows
2 1039 (36.99%) MS Excel
3 740 (26.34%) Active Directory
4 668 (23.78%) MS Office
5 662 (23.57%) Security Cleared
6 508 (18.08%) SQL
7 484 (17.23%) SC Cleared
8 437 (15.56%) ITIL
9 421 (14.99%) VMware
10 415 (14.77%) SQL Server
11 379 (13.49%) .NET
12 377 (13.42%) Windows Server 2008
13 365 (12.99%) Windows 7
14 347 (12.35%) Finance
15 342 (12.18%) MS Exchange
16 340 (12.10%) Microsoft Certification
17 324 (11.53%) SharePoint
18 317 (11.29%) HP
19 293 (10.43%) Windows Server 2003
19 293 (10.43%) Project Management
20 276 (9.83%) HTML
21 273 (9.72%) JavaScript
22 266 (9.47%) Citrix
23 263 (9.36%) VMware Infrastructure
24 259 (9.22%) C#
25 255 (9.08%) Oracle
26 252 (8.97%) Migration
27 243 (8.65%) Analytical Skills
28 242 (8.62%) Agile Software Development
29 239 (8.51%) CRM

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South East region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 342 (12.18%) MS Exchange
2 324 (11.53%) SharePoint
3 141 (5.02%) Lync
4 119 (4.24%) IIS
5 117 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2010
6 103 (3.67%) Exchange Server 2003
7 91 (3.24%) Exchange Server 2007
8 89 (3.17%) BizTalk Server
9 81 (2.88%) SharePoint 2013
10 75 (2.67%) Exchange Server 2013
11 59 (2.10%) SharePoint 2010
12 35 (1.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 33 (1.17%) SharePoint Server
14 32 (1.14%) CMS
14 32 (1.14%) IBM Notes
15 28 (1.00%) SAS
16 24 (0.85%) Node.js
17 20 (0.71%) Apache
18 18 (0.64%) MS Project Server
19 15 (0.53%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 1039 (36.99%) MS Excel
2 668 (23.78%) MS Office
3 173 (6.16%) MS Project
4 149 (5.30%) MS PowerPoint
5 145 (5.16%) MS Visio
6 25 (0.89%) Spreadsheet
7 20 (0.71%) Photoshop
8 19 (0.68%) OmniGraffle
9 15 (0.53%) Adobe Illustrator
10 11 (0.39%) SPSS
11 6 (0.21%) InDesign
12 5 (0.18%) AutoCAD
12 5 (0.18%) InfoPath
12 5 (0.18%) Acrobat
13 4 (0.14%) PowerPivot
14 3 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 3 (0.11%) FastStats
14 3 (0.11%) Fireworks
14 3 (0.11%) Adobe Captivate
14 3 (0.11%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 179 (6.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 60 (2.14%) Dynamics AX
3 46 (1.64%) Oracle EBS
4 10 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
5 7 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
6 6 (0.21%) SAP SRM
6 6 (0.21%) BusinessWorks
7 5 (0.18%) Agresso
7 5 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
7 5 (0.18%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 4 (0.14%) Google Analytics
8 4 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 3 (0.11%) assyst
10 2 (0.071%) Maximo
10 2 (0.071%) Staffware
10 2 (0.071%) Oracle Financials
10 2 (0.071%) Endur
10 2 (0.071%) HFM
10 2 (0.071%) SAP IS-U
10 2 (0.071%) TIBCO iProcess
Cloud Services
1 68 (2.42%) Office 365
2 38 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
3 36 (1.28%) Microsoft Azure
4 18 (0.64%) SaaS
5 17 (0.61%) Amazon AWS
6 14 (0.50%) PaaS
7 8 (0.28%) IaaS
8 3 (0.11%) OpenShift
9 1 (0.036%) LucidChart
9 1 (0.036%) Google Apps
9 1 (0.036%) GitHub
9 1 (0.036%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 192 (6.84%) SAN
2 184 (6.55%) Firewall
3 171 (6.09%) DNS
4 161 (5.73%) TCP/IP
5 138 (4.91%) Internet
6 127 (4.52%) DHCP
7 114 (4.06%) LAN
8 101 (3.60%) WAN
9 65 (2.31%) SMTP
10 56 (1.99%) VPN
11 46 (1.64%) VoIP
11 46 (1.64%) NAS
12 41 (1.46%) SSL
12 41 (1.46%) X.400
13 40 (1.42%) X.500
14 32 (1.14%) Wireless
15 27 (0.96%) FTP
16 25 (0.89%) Wi-Fi
16 25 (0.89%) 3G
17 23 (0.82%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 415 (14.77%) SQL Server
2 118 (4.20%) SQL Server 2008
3 92 (3.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 69 (2.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 68 (2.42%) Oracle Reports
6 67 (2.39%) Data Warehouse
7 57 (2.03%) SQL Server 2005
8 49 (1.74%) MySQL
8 49 (1.74%) SQL Server 2012
8 49 (1.74%) Oracle Database
9 48 (1.71%) Relational Database
10 42 (1.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 38 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
12 25 (0.89%) SQL Server 2000
13 24 (0.85%) MS Access
14 23 (0.82%) RDBMS
14 23 (0.82%) MongoDB
15 18 (0.64%) Oracle Database 11g
16 17 (0.61%) PowerCenter
17 15 (0.53%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 98 (3.49%) Visual Studio
2 80 (2.85%) Team Foundation Server
3 44 (1.57%) Subversion
4 32 (1.14%) NUnit
5 29 (1.03%) QuickTest Pro
6 28 (1.00%) Git (software)
7 27 (0.96%) StarTeam
8 26 (0.93%) Jenkins
9 24 (0.85%) JIRA
10 23 (0.82%) Selenium
11 21 (0.75%) Axure RP
12 20 (0.71%) ClearCase
13 19 (0.68%) MSI
13 19 (0.68%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 14 (0.50%) GoogleTest
15 13 (0.46%) CppUnit
15 13 (0.46%) CruiseControl
16 11 (0.39%) Ant
17 10 (0.36%) JUnit
17 10 (0.36%) Dreamweaver
General
1 347 (12.35%) Finance
2 193 (6.87%) Telecoms
3 61 (2.17%) Retail
3 61 (2.17%) Marketing
4 42 (1.50%) Banking
5 32 (1.14%) Advertising
6 31 (1.10%) Publishing
7 30 (1.07%) Manufacturing
8 28 (1.00%) Military
9 27 (0.96%) Legal
10 18 (0.64%) Interactive Media
11 16 (0.57%) Back Office
12 15 (0.53%) German Language
13 13 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
13 13 (0.46%) Financial Institution
14 12 (0.43%) Billing
15 11 (0.39%) Games
16 8 (0.28%) Automotive
16 8 (0.28%) Law
17 7 (0.25%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 507 (18.05%) Analyst
2 376 (13.39%) Developer
3 190 (6.76%) Architect
4 169 (6.02%) Support Engineer
5 134 (4.77%) Project Manager
6 132 (4.70%) Consultant
7 118 (4.20%) Administrator
8 111 (3.95%) Support Analyst
9 106 (3.77%) .NET Developer
10 103 (3.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 90 (3.20%) 2nd Line Support
12 89 (3.17%) Desktop Support
13 71 (2.53%) Service Analyst
14 68 (2.42%) 1st Line Support
14 68 (2.42%) Service Desk Analyst
15 62 (2.21%) Coordinator
16 61 (2.17%) Test Analyst
17 60 (2.14%) Desktop Engineer
18 56 (1.99%) Technical Architect
19 55 (1.96%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 379 (13.49%) .NET
2 276 (9.83%) HTML
3 202 (7.19%) ASP.NET
4 173 (6.16%) XML
5 131 (4.66%) CSS
6 95 (3.38%) WCF
7 93 (3.31%) Web Services
8 77 (2.74%) jQuery
9 73 (2.60%) JSP
10 71 (2.53%) .NET Framework
11 45 (1.60%) AngularJS
12 42 (1.50%) ASP.NET MVC
13 41 (1.46%) HTML5
14 40 (1.42%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
14 40 (1.42%) Application Packaging
15 38 (1.35%) Ajax
16 31 (1.10%) XSLT
17 27 (0.96%) SOAP
17 27 (0.96%) REST
18 26 (0.93%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 243 (8.65%) Analytical Skills
2 116 (4.13%) Clustering
3 112 (3.99%) Blackberry
4 92 (3.28%) Management Information System
5 55 (1.96%) User Experience
6 53 (1.89%) PKI
7 39 (1.39%) Open Source
8 34 (1.21%) Computer Science
9 33 (1.17%) Replication
10 32 (1.14%) NHS
11 29 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
12 23 (0.82%) Visualisation
13 20 (0.71%) Client/Server
14 19 (0.68%) iPad
15 18 (0.64%) Inversion of Control
15 18 (0.64%) Mobile App
16 16 (0.57%) Enterprise Software
17 15 (0.53%) Enterprise Storage
17 15 (0.53%) PMI
18 14 (0.50%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 1184 (42.15%) Windows
2 377 (13.42%) Windows Server 2008
3 365 (12.99%) Windows 7
4 293 (10.43%) Windows Server 2003
5 204 (7.26%) Linux
6 186 (6.62%) Windows XP
7 177 (6.30%) UNIX
8 167 (5.95%) Windows Server 2012
9 77 (2.74%) Windows 8
10 70 (2.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 44 (1.57%) Windows 2000
12 30 (1.07%) Windows Vista
13 25 (0.89%) Windows 2000 Server
14 23 (0.82%) AIX
15 22 (0.78%) Android
16 17 (0.61%) Apple iOS
16 17 (0.61%) Solaris
16 17 (0.61%) Windows NT
17 12 (0.43%) Mac OS X
18 9 (0.32%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 437 (15.56%) ITIL
2 293 (10.43%) Project Management
3 252 (8.97%) Migration
4 242 (8.62%) Agile Software Development
5 239 (8.51%) CRM
6 166 (5.91%) PRINCE2
7 129 (4.59%) Service Management
8 122 (4.34%) Scrum
9 117 (4.17%) MVC
10 111 (3.95%) Configuration Management
11 104 (3.70%) Change Management
12 101 (3.60%) Service Delivery
13 94 (3.35%) Business Intelligence
14 92 (3.28%) Validation
15 88 (3.13%) Knowledge Management
16 84 (2.99%) Disaster Recovery
17 77 (2.74%) Incident Management
18 68 (2.42%) Test Scripting
18 68 (2.42%) TDD
19 65 (2.31%) OO
Programming Languages
1 508 (18.08%) SQL
2 273 (9.72%) JavaScript
3 259 (9.22%) C#
4 198 (7.05%) PowerShell
5 106 (3.77%) VBScript
6 80 (2.85%) VB
7 70 (2.49%) Java
8 63 (2.24%) C
9 62 (2.21%) T-SQL
10 56 (1.99%) VBA
11 47 (1.67%) VB.NET
11 47 (1.67%) C++
12 31 (1.10%) PHP
13 25 (0.89%) PL/SQL
14 24 (0.85%) Shell Script
14 24 (0.85%) Python
15 23 (0.82%) Perl
16 9 (0.32%) Ruby
16 9 (0.32%) Bash Shell
17 8 (0.28%) VC++
Qualifications
1 662 (23.57%) Security Cleared
2 484 (17.23%) SC Cleared
3 340 (12.10%) Microsoft Certification
4 238 (8.47%) DV Cleared
5 185 (6.59%) MCSE
6 177 (6.30%) Degree
7 121 (4.31%) MCP
8 113 (4.02%) ISTQB
9 91 (3.24%) MCITP
10 84 (2.99%) Cisco Certification
11 63 (2.24%) MCSA
12 59 (2.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 48 (1.71%) ISEB
14 44 (1.57%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 42 (1.50%) CCNA
16 30 (1.07%) CCNP
17 28 (1.00%) PMI Certification
18 27 (0.96%) CISSP
19 26 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
20 25 (0.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 153 (5.45%) SLA
2 52 (1.85%) QA
3 25 (0.89%) PCI DSS
4 19 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 19 (0.68%) ISO 9001
5 13 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 6 (0.21%) HL7
6 6 (0.21%) Data Quality
7 5 (0.18%) COBIT
7 5 (0.18%) Solvency II
8 4 (0.14%) DICOM
9 3 (0.11%) BS7799
9 3 (0.11%) P3O
10 2 (0.071%) GAMP
10 2 (0.071%) GMP
10 2 (0.071%) BS15000
11 1 (0.036%) GAAP
11 1 (0.036%) BS25999
11 1 (0.036%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.036%) CDISC
System Software
1 740 (26.34%) Active Directory
2 263 (9.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 133 (4.73%) Hyper-V
4 73 (2.60%) vSphere
5 61 (2.17%) VMware ESX
6 59 (2.10%) XenApp
7 48 (1.71%) Terminal Services
8 41 (1.46%) XenDesktop
9 34 (1.21%) Microsoft App-V
10 33 (1.17%) Forefront TMG
11 32 (1.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 22 (0.78%) VMware ESXi
13 18 (0.64%) ISA Server
14 12 (0.43%) Firmware
14 12 (0.43%) XenServer
15 10 (0.36%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 10 (0.36%) vCloud
16 9 (0.32%) UAG
17 7 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
17 7 (0.25%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 194 (6.91%) SCCM
2 86 (3.06%) SCOM
3 54 (1.92%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 41 (1.46%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 41 (1.46%) Backup Exec
5 33 (1.17%) HP Quality Center
6 30 (1.07%) Norton AntiVirus
7 26 (0.93%) NetBackup
7 26 (0.93%) ARCserve
8 24 (0.85%) HP SIM
9 22 (0.78%) McAfee ePO
9 22 (0.78%) SCSM
10 21 (0.75%) Tivoli
11 18 (0.64%) WMI
12 16 (0.57%) BladeLogic
12 16 (0.57%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 15 (0.53%) WSUS
13 15 (0.53%) OVSD
14 14 (0.50%) MOM
15 12 (0.43%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 421 (14.99%) VMware
2 317 (11.29%) HP
3 266 (9.47%) Citrix
4 255 (9.08%) Oracle
5 189 (6.73%) Cisco
6 87 (3.10%) Red Hat
6 87 (3.10%) Symantec
7 76 (2.71%) IBM
8 67 (2.39%) McAfee
9 62 (2.21%) CA
10 59 (2.10%) SAP
11 49 (1.74%) Remedy
12 43 (1.53%) NetApp
13 42 (1.50%) Dell
14 38 (1.35%) Business Objects
15 35 (1.25%) Lotus
15 35 (1.25%) Adobe
16 34 (1.21%) Apple
17 33 (1.17%) F5
17 33 (1.17%) Lumension
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